Diode Laser Treatment
Diode laser treatment provides several benefits for patients receiving orthodontic care. By using a specialized diode laser, we are able to safely and effectively remove excess gum tissue in order to expose more of the tooth's surface for better aesthetics and function. Your gum tissue serves as a "frame" for your teeth; orthodontic lasers are used to sculpt the gums around the teeth in a way that helps improve the overall appearance of your smile. The best part of laser treatment? In most cases, there is no need for needles! We simply apply a topical anesthetic to the gum tissue being treated so all you feel is the slight movement of the laser tip.
We utilize a diode laser to help us with:
1. Ideal Bracket Placement
If your gums haven't receded properly, or if a tooth is erupting slower than expected, a laser can be used to remove excess tissue and reveal enough tooth surface to place a bracket. This can also be used to place TADs as an alternative to headgear.
2. Impacted Teeth
Impactions refer to teeth that haven't erupted properly through the gums. We refer complicated impactions to an oral surgeon. However, in certain cases, by using laser treatment, we can assist a tooth's eruption without the need to wait months for the tooth to erupt on its own, or to refer for additional surgical treatment.
3. Aesthetic Gingival Recontouring
Following the removal of your braces, Dr. McAllister may recommend recontouring your gum line to maximize the aesthetics of your smile. Aesthetic gingival recontouring is a procedure to reshape the gum line to improve the aesthetics of your smile by exposing more of your teeth. Dr. McAllister will use a laser to remove excess gum tissue around the upper teeth to make them look longer. If the gum line is uneven, aesthetic gingival recontouring can also sculpt the gum line to produce a more symmetrical, balanced smile.
Temporary Anchorage Devices
Temporary Anchorage Devices (or TADs for short), are small titanium auxiliaries that are utilized with braces to accomplish movements that were previously impossible with traditional orthodontic appliances.
Having a TAD placed is a very easy and comfortable procedure that often only requires a little topical anesthetic prior to placement. Although it is a painless procedure, It is normal for a patient to feel slight pressure as the TAD goes into place. Once the TAD is in place, it is unusual for there to be any prolonged soreness, but any discomfort is easily handled by over-the-counter pain relievers like Tylenol.
The key to successful use of a TAD is careful attention to oral hygiene. Carefully brushing the area around the TAD when you brush your teeth will remove any plaque or food that could irritate the gum tissue around a TAD. Once the portion of treatment that requires a TAD is finished, they are removed easily and comfortably.
Please contact our office if you have any questions or concerns about your TADs.